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Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine wins yet another award

Ford is celebrating after its 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine was named 2017 International Engine of the Year in the “Best Engine Under 1.0-litre” category for the sixth year in a row.

The tiny three-cylinder turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol engine, which is found under the hood of the Fiesta Sport and EcoSport Trend in Australia, has now won 10 International Engine of Year awards since it was launched in 2012.

Joe Bakaj, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe said:

“Our 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine has been a game-changer, setting the benchmark for compact, fuel-efficient engines with sophisticated EcoBoost turbocharging, direct fuel injection and Twin-Independent Variable Camshaft Timing technologies.

“Even with 10 International Engine of the Year awards under our belt, we’re still finding ways to push back the boundaries of powertrain engineering, and deliver even more benefit to our customers from this acclaimed small engine.”

The judging panel for the 19th International Engine of the Year awards was made up of 58 automotive journalists from 31 countries and was held in Stuttgart, Germany. Despite its small capacity, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine punches out an impressive out 92kW (in Australian models) and was first introduced in the Ford Fiesta in 2012.

Dean Slavnich, co-chairman of, and editor-in-chief of Engine Technology International magazine, said:

“The baby Ford EcoBoost engine is still the best 1.0-litre, three-cylinder design around, despite newer powertrains arriving on the scene. Even more impressive is that it is the first-ever powertrain to secure its class title every year it has been nominated.”

The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine will feature cylinder deactivation technology from 2018 on and is expected to deliver even lower fuel efficiency figures. Ford says the deactivation technology can disengage or re-engage one cylinder in 14 milliseconds when a car is cruising – 20 times faster than the blink of an eye – with no compromise in performance or refinement.

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Josh Barnett has been writing about motoring and motorsport since 2005, with hundreds of published articles in a range of publications and websites. He's confessed car nerd of anything on four wheels from yesteryear. He also believes everything about life, including cars, was better in the 90s.

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